Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson, Ph.D.

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 Kate Clifford Larson, PhD., is an historian and leading Harriet Tubman scholar and the author of Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (Ballantine/One World, 2004). With degrees from Simmons College, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a doctorate in history from the University of New Hampshire, Larson specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. Women’s and African American History.  She has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum, community, and public history initiatives related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Delaware, and New York. She is currently the consulting historian and curator for the 125 mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, an All-American Road in Maryland, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Dorchester County, Maryland. She has also served as the consulting historian for the National Park Service’s Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study, resulting in legislation for the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park Act, now awaiting approval in Congress. Most recently, her work supported the establishment of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County, Maryland, signed by President Obama’s Executive Order in March.  Dr. Larson has been a guest instructor at numerous professional development workshops for teachers, including National Endowment for the Humanities and Teaching American History programs on the topics of American Slavery, the Underground Railroad, Abolition, and Harriet Tubman.  She teaches part time at Simmons College in Boston. Her second book, The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (Basic Books), was released in 2008.  Her latest book, due out in October 2015, is titled Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), about the disabled sister of President John F. Kennedy.